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Dry Eye Relief Therapy

Do you suffer from tired, irritated, burning, scratchy, watery eyes, redness, fluctuating vision, and even pain?

We offer cutting edge treatments to combat your chronic dry eye symptoms:

  • Prescription eye drops
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  • Punctal plugs
  • MiBoFlo

PEARL OPTOMETRY

Dry Eye Advanced Treatment Options:

Personalized treatment plans for your dry eye discomfort.

OptiLIGHT by Lumenis

OptiLIGHT by Lumenis

Comfortable 15-minute, effective therapy

A revolutionary FDA approved, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), 15-minute treatment. Technology uses short pulses of light that are focused on the upper cheeks and eyelids.

Reduces inflammation associated with severe dry eyes and rosacea. Inflammation can damage the glands in our eyelids and lead to lower-quality oil and/or a lower amount of oil that is necessary to moisturize our eyes.

Results last up to six months, but some say it can last up to two years or more. Watch Lumenis video to learn more.

MiBoFlo

MiBoFlo

Safe, painless procedure, takes 10-15 mins.

The MiBoFlo therapy uses thermoelectric radiation to treat dry eyes, especially if you have had blocked glands for a long time.

The device produces a therapeutic temperature of 108 degrees to warm the eyelids enabling your doctor to easily massage and remove the old, dried-up tears, and thickened existing oils. Clearing out your glands makes way for fresh, new oils to nourish your eyes and stimulates your meibomian glands to produce more tears.

Results last 6 months.

Lacrimal Punctal Plugs

Lacrimal Punctal Plugs

Procedure takes just a few minutes.

Punctal plugs are tiny devices (about the size of a grain of rice) that we insert into your eye’s tear ducts (called puncta). The plug blocks tears from draining from your eye to help keep your eye’s surface moist and comfortable, relieving itchy, burning and red eyes, retaining your natural tears longer.

Doctor may numb your eyelids with topical numbing cream, in some cases, you may not need to be numbed. Procedure only takes a few minutes, you may feel some pressure as the punctal plug is placed in your eyelid. After they are inserted, you are usually able to return to your normal activities right away.

Dissolvable plugs can last weeks to months, and permanent plugs can last 3-4 years.
Price: $75 Collagen Plugs. $125 Silicone Plugs

Prescription Eye Drops

Prescription Eye Drops

Restasis, Xiidra, or Cequa

Prescription eye drops may also be beneficial but greatly depends on the type of dryness. The medication is designed to reduce underlying causes of dry eyes in chronic, long term sufferers rather than those who are experiencing a sudden, but temporary, increase in dryness symptoms.

Rx drops may be used in conjunction with any other treatments above if necessary.

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Dry Eye Syndrome
Symptoms & FAQs

Dr. Pearl and our team will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of your questions.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Dry eye symptoms generally occur in both eyes at the same time and may include:

  • Stinging or burning
  • Gritty or scratchy feeling
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye fatigue
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Discomfort when wearing contacts

Can I use over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops?

Yes, if your dry eye symptoms are not severe using OTC lubricating eye drops, like artificial tears is a good place to start. One drop four times a day, and you may feel relief in a few days.

There are many brands and forms (e.g. liquid, gel, ointment) are available without a prescription. Please note that gels and ointments can blur vision because they are greasy.

Preservative-free OTC eye drops tend to be more expensive, but they are often recommended if you are sensitive to preservatives or if you’ll be using them for a while.

Are there any home remedies for dry eyes?

Try the following:

  • Warm compresses: can help produce more tears, relieve pain and swelling, and unclog meibomian glands.
  • Reduce screen time: Prolonged screen time can cause eye issues like dryness, strain, and weariness
  • Eyelid wash: Use a gentle cleanser, like baby shampoo, to massage into the base of your eyelids to remove any crustiness.
  • Blinking: Helps restore moisture and clear the eye surface.
  • Eat oily fish and omega-3 fatty acids: can stimulate tear production and are found in fish, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
  • Stay hydrated: drinking enough water helps fuel tear production, which is 98% water.
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses
  • Use a humidifier: can make a difference when eyes feel dry.
  • Coconut oil: Can create a protective layer over the tear film.

Learn more about dry eye at American Optiometic Association

What causes dry eye?

Dry is exactly what it sounds like—it occurs when your eyes aren’t producing enough lubrication to keep them moist and comfortable.

There are 2 main types of dry eye:

1. the least common type occurs when the eyes simply don’t produce enough tears.
Reasons for decreased tear production are varied and might include:
– contact lenses
– normal aging
– recent laser vision correction surgery
– Illness (including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Graves’ disease, diabetes, scleroderma, and Sjogren’s syndrome).
– hormonal changes in women after menopause and during pregnancy.
– poor blinking habits while reading or looking at a computer screen for long periods of time.
– a dry, indoor environment.
– certain medications (including tranquilizers, antidepressants, antihistamines, certain heart medications, diuretics, birth control pills and ulcer medications).

2. Occurs when the tears are of poor quality.
Good-quality tears depend on a balanced and effective tear film. The tear film is made up of 3 layers—a mucus layer to spread the tears over the surface of the eye, a water layer to hydrate the eye, and an oil layer to keep the water from evaporating too quickly. If there’s an imbalance in the tear film, dry eye syndrome can result.

The tiny glands along the top and bottom edges of the eyelids, called the meibomian glands are responsible for producing the oil layer of your tear film. Blockages in these glands can cause a reduction in the amount of oil produced, leading to dry eyes.

When we diagnose your dry eye syndrome, we’ll also look at the condition of your meibomian glands and recommend treatment options if they’re not functioning properly.

How can I possibly have dry eye if my eyes are very watery?

It may seem confusing, but dry eye syndrome often leads to watery eyes. Dry eye is all about your tear ducts and the amount and quality of tears they make. Dry eye syndrome triggers a compensatory mechanism where your eyes may overproduce tears to combat dryness, leading to watery eyes. But these tears can’t properly coat your eye, as the oily layer would. So, they can’t solve the underlying problem.

How do you diagnose dry eye?

Book a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose your dry eye symptoms. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to long-term infections and eye damage down the road.

The following tests help the doctor assess tear quantity, quality, and stability, aiding in the diagnosis of dry eye syndrome:

  • Tear Break-Up Time (TBUT) test: evaluates tear film stability by measuring how long it takes for tears to break up on the surface of the eye.
  • Schirmer test: measures tear production by placing small strips of paper under the lower eyelids to assess how much moisture the eyes produce over a certain period.
  • Epithelial staining test: administers special eye drops to detect damage to the cornea’s surface caused by dryness. This test offers high diagnostic accuracy.